Wednesday, January 9, 2013

How to know if a website is a scam?

Most of the people are hesitating to buy online products. What stopping us from purchasing online most of the time is because we are afraid if the site is real and not a scam. How to spot fraudulent Websites? I have here the list of ideas that you can used or considered before you purchase online to avoid scammers:

1. Check Website misspellings.
website misspelling

2. Check the date at the bottom (footer). If the site hasn't been updated recently, there might be something wrong. Some websites are newly created and might have an updated date so, check it's age by using any tool. Mine, I use seoquake.
copyright date

3. If you're researching, check to see if the site is sponsored by any reputable sources such as an academic journal or a respected organization.
sponsored

4. Always check the domain. ".org" and ".net" are the most reliable.
domain extensions

5. Overwhelming advertisments are a clear sign.
sponsors

6. The site asks for unnecessary personal information.
site asks for unnecessary personal information

7. If a website asks you to login using your personal credentials, make sure you check the domain first. For example, if you are logging into Gmail, always make sure the domain name for the page you are on is the correct gmail.com.


More likely, scammers are putting there website live and just earn thousands of money without sweating. Most of my friends are concern about buying twitter followers online. A lot of websites are selling twitter followers and they are afraid that they will end up buying to scammers. If you want to buy twitter followers, consider reading articles and reviews before you send money to a website such as BuyTwitterFollowers.org and BuyTwitterFollowersReview.org.

Here are Some Features of Scam or Fraud Website:

  •     No Contact Information or uses Only Contact Form. Refuses to give you a physical address or Gives Wrong Contact Information including Wrong Phone Number.
  •     Makes an offer that sounds too good to be true. For eg: Promises that you can win money, make money, or Get Rich Quickly.
  •     Asks for money to enter a contest, win a sweepstakes or lottery, or claim a prize and Refuses to send you written information before you agree to buy or donate.
  •     Refuses to give you the details of the offer before you make any payment.
  •     Requests your bank account or credit card number when you are not making a purchase with that account.
  •     Uses scare tactics or pressure, so that you act immediately.
  •     Private listing at Whois, or the listing names are associated with other scams. Go to www.whois.net and look up the Website domain name.
Sources:
http://www.hacker9.com/how-to-tell-if-a-website-is-fraud-scam.html
http://www.internetsafetyproject.org/wiki/it-real-how-tell-if-website-scam

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